I know chowder is usually a Fall/Winter food, but sometimes I get in the mood for comfort soup when the season really isn’t right. (However…it was a bit chilly during my run this morning and it is September now.) Anyway, I made this Broccoli Chowder soup last week with homemade French Bread on the side. We ate it for dinner one night and then froze the remaining amount into two containers to save for another time. My husband and I both liked it…but, if I remember correctly, the kids weren’t too impressed. I wasn’t really expecting it to be their new favorite food, though….after all, it’s still soup.
- In a large saucepan, add the broccoli, potatoes, onion and water.
- Cover and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Reduce to a simmer, keep covered, and cook until broccoli and potatoes are tender (about 5 minutes).
- In a small bowl, whisk the milk into the flour.
- Add the milk mixture to the potatoes/broccoli along with the salt and pepper.
- Stirring constantly, cook until the mixture comes to a boil and is thickened (about 7 minutes).
- Stir in ¾ cup of cheese, melt.
- Garnish the soup with the remaining cheese and bell pepper.
I served it with French Bread…yum! I usually try to stick to whole wheat bread, but on occasion, I love to bake a loaf of this because it is just so good.
- 3 cups (14¾ oz) bread flour
- 1½ tsp. salt
- 1 T organic butter
- 1 5/16 cups (10½ fl oz) water
- 1 tsp. fast rise yeast
- Put all ingredients into the bread machine in the order recommended by manufacturer (mine is dry first, then wet).
- Press the "French, Bake" cycle.
- When it beeps (several hours later), it's ready!
I love my bread machine and use it ALL the time…several times a week, at least! Here is the one I own: